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Villanova Basketball moves up to #21 in the latest AP Poll

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NCAA Basketball: Canisius at Villanova Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova continues to rise in the AP Poll, now up to #21 in the country following another victory over La Salle. The Wildcats were bumped up in the polls more because other teams fell than beating their winless Big 5 opponent. But a win is a win as Nova continues to climb the ladder back up the rankings.

Another reason Villanova is on the rise is that their only two losses are looking better and better each week. Michigan has risen from #18 to #5 since defeating the Wildcats and remain undefeated. Furman may be a little more impressive, also undefeated and rising to #25. It’s the Paladin’s first ever appearance in the AP Poll.

While the Wildcats remain the only Big East team in the Top 25, Marquette (47), Creighton (42), and St. John’s (39) all appear in the “Others Receiving Votes” section.

2018-19 AP Poll: Week 5

Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
Rank School (#1 Votes) Points
1 Gonzaga (43) 1,578
2 Kansas (19) 1,539
3 Duke (1) 1,463
4 Virginia (1) 1,367
5 Michigan 1,339
6 Nevada 1,300
7 Tennessee 1,238
8 Auburn 1,154
9 Kentucky 1,070
10 Michigan State 915
11 Florida State 871
12 Wisconsin 809
13 Texas Tech 783
14 North Carolina 782
15 Virginia Tech 675
16 Kansas State 629
17 Buffalo 515
18 Iowa 417
19 Ohio State 385
20 Arizona State 384
21 Villanova 356
22 Mississippi State 243
23 Maryland 204
24 Nebraska 176
25 Furman 101

Others Receiving Votes:Purdue 100, Syracuse 62, Marquette 47, Iowa St. 46, Texas 44, Creighton 42, St. John’s 39, Houston 30, NC State 14, Indiana 13, Arizona 12, Louisville 11, Clemson 11, Radford 9, TCU 9, Notre Dame 3, Arkansas 3, Oregon 3, UCLA 3, Florida 2, Boston College 2, Davidson 1, Oklahoma 1.

Polling Archives

Some interesting Villanova AP Poll facts from College Poll Archive:

  • It’s Villanova’s 373rd ranking in the AP Poll (18th All-Time)
  • It’s Villanova’s 2nd consecutive ranking in the AP Poll (Tied for 20th longest active streak)

Additional Polling Data

Some would argue these “experts” are more relevant than the AP Poll.

KenPom: Nova is 18th overall, 8th in Adj. Offense, and 53rd in Adj. Defense

Sagarin: Nova is 23rd overall, 23rd in Predictive, 19th in Golden Mean, and 24th in Recent

Massey: Nova is 9th overall, 3rd in Power Rating, 7th in Offense, and 19th in Defense

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